Unfortunately there was no author listed so I can’t give full credit where it’s due — but here’s a link to the magazine. Their photo and the list of ingredients (strawberries, Greek yogurt, cardamom, lime) hooked me right in. (Okay, that version also contained vodka, which I’ve since omitted, but you can add a tablespoon if you wish at step #5, to ‘soften the freeze’.)
The magazine’s version was soon converted to a Thermomix recipe which I proceeded to make
once, twice, four times since. I’ve tested this surprisingly moreish dessert with children, teens, and adults of all ages. Everyone loves it. Not just the flavour, the also the texture. And on another fun note… all testers on separate occasions made the same comment, which I’ll talk about later…. (at the bottom of this post!)
Is Thermomix about speed or… ?
Thermomix is often considered a fast and time-saving kitchen appliance. It’s a fact — this kitchen appliance allows us to multi-task and save minutes many times over as we use it repeatedly during the day. But let’s not forget this too is true: using Thermomix allows us to prepare some foods that taste better than we thought possible.
This Thermomix dessert recipe is a case in point. Sure, we could make several quick batches of lemon or strawberry sorbet in the time it takes to make the following Thermomix dessert, but this Strawberry-Cardamom Frozen Greek-style Yogurt — with the extra steps required to make it decadent, is just so worth it! It’s not a recipe to make on impulse. There is a bit of waiting involved, but not much hands on time. For that reason, this is a good recipe to make ahead and keep hidden in the freezer for just the right occasion. (such as… when the house is asleep and it’s time for a secret indulgence?) Don’t be in a hurry for this. You know it: “hurry up and wait.”
And when all is ready and it’s time to finally dish out the spoons, bowls, or cones — please do remember to let your frozen yogurt warm up in the room a few minutes before serving. This makes for easier scooping and more enjoyment of its creamy nuances.
Yes, cardamom. For those of us who know and love cardamom I’m sorry to announce its presence here is rather subtle. But it does add depth of flavour to marry the natural sweetness of strawberry with tartness of the yogurt. I think you’ll love the flavours and texture of this Thermomix dessert.
- 350 g. (12.3 oz) thick greek style yogurt
- 450 g. (15.9 oz) strawberries (fresh, organic are best)
- 100 g. (3.5 oz) sugar
- 80-90 g. (2.8-3.2 oz) agave syrup (substitute honey or maple syrup if needed)
- 1 Tbsp ground cardamom
- ½ tsp salt
- juice of one lime
- Begin by de-stemming the strawberries. Set aside three or four whole berries for later use, (in step 8 below.)
- Grind sugar for 8 sec/speed 8.
- Toss remaining strawberries into Thermomix bowl with sugar, agave, salt, cardamom and blend 30 seconds/speed 8.
- Pour strawberry mixture into a nut milk bag (jelly bag, or fine nylon mesh bag). (You don't need a nut milk bag or jelly bag -- a fine sieve or cheesecloth also works.) Squeeze strawberry mixture through the bag/sieve/cheesecloth until nothing remains but a small clump of strawberry seeds.
- Return the strained/seedless strawberry mixture to Thermomix and add yogurt and lime juice. Mix 10 seconds/speed 5.
- Pour into ice cube trays, cover with parchment or cling wrap and freeze for several hours or overnight -- till solid.
- Put frozen cubes into Thermomix and mix for about 30 seconds speed 4-5 while churning with the Thermomix spatula. (Do this for as long as it takes to churn all the cubes into a nice blended consistency.
- Loosely chop the reserved fresh strawberries by hand. Scoop the churned mixture to a freezer-friendly container, top with chopped strawberries and return to freezer. At this point you can hold it in the freezer for days, or serve it almost immediately.
What does everyone love about this Thermomix dessert?
Frozen yogurt testers loved the flavour and texture of this dessert, but everyone commented on how they enjoyed the contrast of smooth seedless “ice cream” texture and surprising nuggets of frozen strawberry in the mix. All the more reason to start with high quality organic strawberries. We could really taste the difference: organic strawbs have an old-school strawberry aroma and real honest flavour that is sadly lacking from so many of today’s commercial varieties.